Try as you may to stay fit and strong during the flu and cold season, it is still tough to avoid falling ill. After all, the flu virus does not discriminate between young and old people, or unhealthy and healthy individuals. Furthermore, since the virus is easily transmitted through respiratory droplets in the air every time someone infected sneezes, coughs, or even talks, we are all equally vulnerable, especially for individuals with weaker immune systems such as your elderly loved ones.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu virus alone causes over 20 million illnesses annually in the United States. How do you manage the symptoms of the common flu? Taking an antiviral within 24 hours of your first symptoms can help to shorten the duration of your recovery process. However, if you do not have easy access to antivirals, we have prepared a guide here to help you or your loved ones find alternative ways to manage common flu symptoms.
Use the Humidifier
If the air in your home is dry, using a vaporizer or a mist humidifier can help to moisten the atmosphere to ease coughs and congestion. Stay away from using a warm mist as it can promote the growth of molds and bacteria. Clean the device regularly to prevent mold from developing as well.
Consume Plenty of Fluids
Ensure you are well hydrated. One way dehydration slows down your recovery process is by making it tougher for your immune system to squelch against the invading viruses from traveling throughout your body.
It does not have to be just water: you can also opt for sports drinks, fruit juices, and even broth-based soups such as chicken noodle soup. These liquids can help to keep your respiratory system well hydrated and turn those thick nasty mucus into a thin liquid that you can cough and spit out. If you or your loved ones do not get rid of it, it can build up in your lungs and lead to an infection.
One of the common symptoms of flu is a sore throat. If you or your loved ones have a sore throat, gargle your mouth with salt water or water. Gargling your mouth often can help to reduce the swelling in the throat and loosen thick mucus, which may remove irritants such as allergens or bacteria from your throat.
Get Plenty of Rest
Upon contracting the first symptoms of the flu virus, you should take note of your flu manners and not spread the contagion to others by staying at home. Take advantage of the downtime and receive plenty of rest. Curl up on the bed or the couch and spend some time watching shows or reading books while you give time for your body and immune system to tackle the virus.
Senior Living Programs at Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg
As we age, our immune systems become weaker and are more susceptible to illnesses such as the flu or cold. As a caregiver, it is important to help your loved ones stay fit and healthy to keep the illnesses or viruses at bay. However, it can be tougher to care for your loved ones who are staying in isolation. If you are concerned about their welfare, Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg provides an array of senior living options your loved ones can live in to have their health-related needs be taken care of by our health professionals. Contact us today to learn more about Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg’s living programs!